Year 7 students are urged to question their gender identity as part of a ‘well-being’ program – parents left fuming
- Debate over well-being coordinator roles
- Parents concerned about gender ideology in school
Australian students as young as 12 have been encouraged to explore new gender identities without their parents knowledge.
The move is part of a well-being program for students running in multiple states to help bolster their mental health.
But some teachers and students claim that ‘well-being coordinators’ are going too far.
In one example a year seven class at Northcote High School in Melbourne was emailed a quiz by its well-being department in March which asked students if they wanted to try out new gender identities and pronouns.
The survey was sent to direct to students, many of whom were only 12 years old, without the knowledge of parents.
Many received it when they had only been at the school for five weeks and are understood to have a poor overall understanding of sexuality.
‘The well-being team have created a survey for students who would like to be known as a different name, gender or use different pronouns,’ the email said.
A year seven class at Northcote High School in Melbourne was emailed a quiz by its wellbeing department in March which asked students if they wanted to try out new gender identities and pronouns
A teacher who wanted to remain anonymous told The Australian that the direct approach to students with an agenda to encourage changing gender was ‘next-level outrageous and shocking’.
The qualifications and ideologies of well-being coordinators has come in question in some schools with many liaising with trans activists and organising sessions to celebrate increasing gender diversity.
Well-being coordinators are often paid between $100,000 and $120,000 a year.
The role is relatively new in many schools and despite touching on complex mental health, cultural and peer issues, the appointed workers often have no formal psychology or educational training.
But the program is starting to generate anonymous complaints from teachers who fear career repercussions if they speak publicly.
‘Progressive education is filled with this idea that kids have to lead things. I think teachers have really lost the plot. I genuinely think a lot of teachers don’t really have a firm understanding of what the law is on this,’ the teacher said.
The law supports to children to investigate their gender options in the school environment in Australia’s two most populous states.
Australian students as young as 12 have been encouraged to explore new gender identities without their parents knowledge
In NSW, schools can support students to socially transition at school without parental consent if they are deemed a mature minor.
In Victoria, schools must work with ‘students to affirm their gender identity to prepare and implement a student support plan’.
A parent, who also wanted to remain anonymous, claimed a bizarre theory is getting traction that says all a students’ problem go away when they identify as trans.
‘It feels as though there’s been an institutional ideological capture and people are no longer thinking rationally or making evidence-based decisions in relation to this issue.
‘It’s very easy to be presented with transgender as a solution to all of a teenager’s problems and say ‘This is it’.’